Raytheon inks deal with Cyclone Power for clean, all-purpose engine

Summary:Defense firm Raytheon and Cyclone Power Technologies are collaborating on an "all-fuel" combustion engine that can operate on biofuels, synthetic gas and solar energy.

Defense firm Raytheon has placed an order with Cyclone Power Technologies for its signature "all-fuel" combustion engine that can operate on biofuels, synthetic gas or even solar energy.

Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems division placed a $400,000 initial purchase order for multiple "MantaRay" engines from Florida-based Cyclone. The engines are a collaboration between the two companies and leverage tech from Cyclone's existing Mark V engine.

"After months of rigorous engine testing, we're pleased to say that Cyclone and Raytheon are now entering the next phase of our working relationship," Cyclone CEO Harry Schoell said in a statement. "We are designing and building engines such as the MantaRay for Raytheon and their customers, and starting to generate revenue from these operations."

Cyclone touts its engine as "eco-friendly," and claims it can power everything from portable electric generators and garden equipment to cars, trucks and locomotives. It's a modern steam engine designed to achieve high thermal efficiencies through a compact heat-regenerative process, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and pollutants.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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